Benedict Cumberbatch starred in the dual role of Victor Frankenstein/The Creature in an adaptation of Frankenstein at the National Theatre.
Directed by Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire) Benedict alternated the roles of Victor Frankenstein and the Creature with Jonny Lee Miller (Elementary), playing the roles on alternate nights.
At the 2012 Olivier Awards Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller were jointly awarded the Olivier Award for best actor for their roles in the play. The pair also won the Evening Standard Theatre Award for best actor in November 2011 – the first time the award had been shared by 2 actors.
Benedict Cumberbatch was separately awarded the best actor award for Frankenstein at the Critic’s Circle Theatre Awards in January 2012
The play ran at the National Theatre from 5 February 2011 to 2 May 2011 and was adapted for the stage by Nick Dear.
The show received near universal critical acclaim for the spectacular acting from Cumberbatch and Miller and Boyle’s stunning visuals (Bruno Poet won an Olivier Award for best lighting design). It was the hottest ticket in town with seats being sold for many times their face value and queues for day tickets starting at 9:00 p.m. the previous day. Both versions of the play were also screened worldwide in cinemas as part of NT Live drawing in record audiences. The screenings proved so popular that they were repeated in in Summer 2012.
Also appearing in the cast was Naomie Harris (Skyfall) who acted alongside Benedict in Small Island, Ella Smith and Karl Johnson.
The soundtrack for the play was produced by Underworld.
Both versions of Frankenstein can be viewed at the National Theatre Archives (By appointment only)